On SATURDAY, October 1st, the annual ARRL/ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will take place, and Saratoga County amateurs will be taking part. The objective is to activate as many stations from as many county locations, including served agencies, as possible. The goal is to demonstrate that our county can activate a corps of radio operators quickly in case of a real emergency. Points are awarded based on the nature of each QSO, and each county will report its results to the section emergency coordinator for ENY by noon that same day.
The exercise begins at 9 am and runs until 11 am for home, portable and mobile participants. You can take part by checking-in to the club’s linked 2-meter repeaters (147.00 & 147.24) and reporting your location. You may report from home, and you may also report from local fire stations, hospitals, churches, schools, etc. — any facility that might serve as a shelter in a real emergency. If possible, go inside, introduce yourself, and tell them what’s happening. We get more points for going inside than for calling from the parking lot. Anyone wishing to be an early responder needs to submit a cell phone number and email address by noon on Wednesday.
So please join us this Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 9 – 11 am. Call in from home and then drive to “shelter” facilities in your area and check in as well.
- Check-in to the SET network on the club repeaters from each location.
- Do this as many times as you can … then enjoy your afternoon, knowing you’ve made a real contribution to Saratoga County’s emergency preparedness.
The RULES for scoring the Eastern New York Section SET 2016 are available.
73 and thank you,
Fred – W2EMS